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Seven Hills

Boston-area exploration, travel notes, crafty things, and other Somervillainy.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Call the Grammar Police

According to an article in today's Boston Globe, Somerville has its own resident Grammar Vandal, a vigilante who takes it upon herself to correct public grammar errors.

This young lady gets particularly ruffled over missing punctuation in signage, not just apostrophes and hyphens, but commas and periods, too. While I also cringe over the ubiquitous "its" vs. "it's," and the even more horrifying apostrophe-"s" used as blanket remedy for puzzling pluralization scenarios (acronyms like "CDs" seem to cause particular confusion, as well as words ending in vowels), I pretty much tune out all other niceties of usage when it comes to advertising copy. But not the Grammar Vandal: she really means it.

You go (comma) girl!



At 7/15/2007 2:38 PM, Blogger Christina said...

I admire her for taking this on, but I think this story is also a warning -- that trying to fix a little grammar here and there can become a slippery slope.

At 7/15/2007 7:59 PM, Blogger Chrissa said...

Especially in gray areas, like the "Professors Row" she talks about in a blog entry.

At some point, I think we just have to let go a little.


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